The strangest thing!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Royd, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About 2 weeks ago, I had one of my RIR hens go missing. There, in the morning; gone, at roost time. Just disappeared. I still haven't found her.

    Well, all of the RIR hens stopped egg production, mid August, and started their moult, so I didn't think she had gone broody in some hidden nook of my weedy, junk ridden 3/4 of an acre. I looked everywhere, too.

    This afternoon, I see my dog playing with something, in the yard. Something small and yellow...I hollered at her and she drops this baby chick. Obviously, only one or two days old.

    I know that none of the pullets have gone broody, because I've been gathering their eggs, regularly, and I also see them in the yard, throughout the day.

    I guess the RIR hen could have snuck off to the neighbor's property, but to not see her, at all, in two weeks, is strange.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Weird! Let us know if you do find her. She certainly could have gone broody, but no signs at all when the chicks have hatched is odd.
     
  3. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a question, for those of you in know. Do roosters tend to broody hens, or just ignore them?
     
  4. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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    Well I'd say a predator or your dog got her
     
  5. franklinstreetwest

    franklinstreetwest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sneaky hen! It's amazing how well they can hide sometimes. She must've found herself a nice quiet corner. Did the chick live?
     
  6. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes. I've got in a 5 gal. bucket, with a light on it. It's getting more active, all the time.
     
  7. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No. My dog knows that the chickens are off limits.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Roosters usually have nothing to do with broodies at all, in my experience.
     
  9. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:I don't know how common it is, but I can tell you 2 of my recent experiences ....

    #1 ... One EE hen sat on her eggs in the Layers coop .... about 45 in here, and one rooster. The rooster kept watch often, and still continues to since she has hatched. Not one other pullet or hen layed an egg in her nest while she was sitting. She is a feisty one, and could surely handle it herself, but he is always near by.

    #2 ... A Silkie sitting. Contained in a moderately large dog house. The other Silkies (6) free to range at all times. One rooster never ranged while she sat. He was always near by the dog house.
     
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  10. karhernandez33

    karhernandez33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when i was younger my mom pick out our own chickens when they started laying we would the eggs so , my chicken vanished for along time when she came back she had 15 chicks!!! [​IMG]
     

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